New Zealand – England Classic in the World Cup Final

New Zealand – England Classic in the World Cup Final

For authenticity, we’ll be back. New Zealand – England in the World Cup final, it’s déjà vu from home. Both teams have found themselves on the last step of the competition in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2017. And each time, the Black Ferns have prevailed. Will the series continue next Saturday? Nothing is less certain as England emerge as the big favorites for the World Cup.

On Saturday, against Canada in the semi-finals, they won their 30th straight game. Even if they were rarely jostled, the Red Roses showed the pragmatism and serenity to win (26-19), following a deal before remaining dominant. “We had to do everything we could to win. I was impressed with the way we held on and kept fighting,” He congratulated coach Simon Middleton after the match. In the final, the England technician will undoubtedly have to dispense with full-back Helena Rowland, who is injured in the left ankle after wreaking real havoc on the North American defence.

“Red Roses are so scary, they are so good at whatever they do”

On the New Zealand side, the victory against France whetted the appetite. “We’ve made huge progress over the past year, but I’m sure we can go even further in a week.Black Ferns coach Wayne Smith smiled. I think England will be a step up again, it will be a big challenge. Red roses are so intimidating, they’re so effective in whatever they do. » The Kiwi crowd, surprisingly sparse through the half (22,043 spectators), should be in for that dream poster, next Saturday at Eden Park.

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